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Mark O’Connor, UIndy Jazz Faculty performance reviewed on

Mark O'Connor

Rita Kohn profiled UIndy Jazz faculty for an article posted on


The UIndy Jazz Faculty Debut program on Sept. 24 quickly moved from entertaining to engrossing with audience engagement forward from Charlie Parker’s 1945 happy blues tune, “Billie’s Bounce,” to a highly visual arrangement by Ernest Stuart of the standard “Bye, Bye Blackbird.” 

On stage were: saxophonist/composer/bandleader Mark O’Connor, director of Jazz Studies at the University of Indianapolis, and five adjunct professors of Jazz, who are gigging and composing when not teaching: Jen Siukola, trumpet; Ernest Stuart, trombone; Steven Jones, piano; Brandon Meeks, bass; and Kenny Phelps, drums.

NOTE: Photo shows the Faculty Jazz Ensemble at the Alumni Honors and Recognition Dinner Sept. 28, 2018: Mark O’Connor, saxophone; Joel Tucker, guitar, Brandon Meeks, bass, Kenny Phelps, drums.